UK: GBP289 million works starts to widen M1
London, United Kingdom – Work to widen the M1 motorway between Junction 6A (M25) and Junction 10 (Luton) starts on Monday March 20th, roads minister Stephen Ladyman announced today.
The GBP289 million scheme will widen ten miles (17 km) of the M1 to four lanes in each direction to relieve congestion and improve safety.
Welcoming the start of work, Dr Stephan Ladyman, roads minister, said: “All users of the M1 – whether they’re business and leisure travellers, hauliers or airport traffic – will benefit from the extra lanes we’re adding to this busy section of the road.
“More than 160,000 vehicles a day use this stretch of the motorway, making it one of the busiest. Widening will improve safety and reduce congestion and demonstrates the government’s commitment to delivering a motorway network for the future”.
“To cut congestion even further, once widening is completed this part of the M1 will carry a carpool lane, a dedicated lane for vehicles carrying two or more people during peak hours.”
During the work, a 40 mph speed limit will be in place 24-hours a day, seven days a week, enforced with temporary safety cameras that will measure the average speed of vehicles passing through roadworks. This is to ensure the safety of drivers and road workers.
Public exhibitions are currently being held by the contractors Balfour Beatty Skanska Joint Venture in communities close to the motorway to explain what the work involves, when it will be taking place and how it may affect them. For drivers from further afield, the work will be publicised at key ports, airports, and motorway service areas in English, French and German.
Early preparation work started in November, including fencing, site clearance, setting up site offices and installing temporary CCTV cameras to help drivers in the event of breakdown.